Hotel History

Swissôtel Resort Sochi Kamelia is a combination of great history, European level of comfort and cutting-edge technologies.

The history of the Hotel begins in 1935 with “Nauka” Sanatorium. Later it joined the one-of-a-kind Soviet-run tourist agency “Intourist” which served all foreign tourists coming to the USSR.
In its prime, the hotel welcomed the ruling party elite, foreign ambassadors, prominent scientists, American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts, famous musicians, actors, and athletes.

In 1970 a hotel was built next to the main building of Intourist in the middle of a large park with blooming camellias. The new building received the name “Kamelia”.
During Perestroika, the control of foreign tourism ceased. The lack of funding and maintenance threw the hotel into disrepair.

As part of the reconstruction, the building of the former “Nauka” sanatorium, with its Art Deco facade, was renovated. The total area of the complex is more than 60 thousand square meters and is comprised of a five-star hotel, apartments and recreational facilities.

The hotel has once again become a center of attraction for distinguished people and eminent representatives of arts, science and sports. Some influential political figures, including the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas, stayed at the hotel. Among other famous guests of Swissôtel Resort Sochi Kamelia are maestro Yuri Bashmet, actors Konstantin Khabensky and Evgeny Stychkin, multiple Olympic gold medalist in artistic gymnastics Alexei Nemov, legendary goalkeeper of Manchester United and Danish national team player Peter Schmeichel, and the national football teams of Brazil and Russia.

In 2011 a decision was made to restore the resort complex. The reconstruction project was developed by Ginzburg Architects. Reconstruction works began in November 2011. Undertaken by VTB Group Hals-Development, the reconstruction was completed in a record time of 27 months.

The grand opening of the renewed resort Swissôtel Resort Sochi Kamelia took place on the eve of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, 4 February 2014.